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The Glory Game: The New Edition of the British Football Classic (Mainstream Sport) [Kindle Edition]

Hunter Davies
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Book Description

When the first edition of The Glory Game was published in 1972, it was instantly hailed as the most insightful book about the life of a football club ever published. Hunter Davies was, and still is, the only author ever to be allowed into the inner sanctum of a top-level football team (Tottenham Hotspur) and his pen spared nothing and no one. 'His accuracy is sufficiently uncanny to be embarrassing,' wrote Bob Wilson in the New Statesman. 'Brilliant, vicious, unmerciful,' wrote The Sun.

Davies spent a whole season with the team, training with them, visiting the players' homes and witnessing the dressing-room confrontations. In the modern era of painstaking media management and tight security, no sportswriter will ever again be granted such unprecedented access. While some features of the game have changed beyond all recognition - notably the all-consuming role that money now plays - inside every club the dramas and tensions revealed by Davies remain, making the book a timeless classic and securing its position as one of the best books about football ever written.

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"Still the definitive football text . . . this book is indispensable" (FourFourTwo)

"The Glory Game engages the mind while revealing the soul of the beautiful game" (The Herald)

"Brilliant, anthropological account of life with Tottenham in 1973, before there were press officers and brand managers" (David Goldblatt, author of the World Football Yearbook)

About the Author

Hunter Davies is the author of over 30 books, including such classics as A Walk Around the Lakes and the authorised biography of The Beatles. As a journalist he has contributed to the Sunday Times, The Independent, the Daily Mail and the New Statesman, while as a broadcaster he has presented many programmes for BBC Radio 4.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2871 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital; 3rd Revised edition edition (22 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050OM23E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars glorious in it's sideburned depiction 9 Jan. 2002
By A Customer
this book perfectly encapsulates spurs, and more widely, seventies football. tottenham hotspur were (and still are) a glamorous, charismatic club who attract a lot of media attention , both positive and negative - and this book is a fascinating insight into the runnings of a first division team from the manager, the players and all the backroom staff - no physios then of course, but hard trainers who told you to 'run off' that cartilage tear! the depictions of such luminaries as jimmy greaves, alan gilzean and the mercurial bill nicholson are exact - leaving no stone unturned. if somebody is blunt and impolite, even downright rude, it is stated in it's liniment-tainted way. this book is basically how it was!
my favourite passage covers the away european cupwinners cup tie in foreign climes. drawn away to a french side, bill lambasts the team at halftime due to their lack of application - and they promptly go out in the second half and proceed to gain a 0-0 draw, with barely any more effort. good result in hindsight, but that is not enough for bill - and he hammers that home to the players in typical unforgiving style.
a warts n all depiction of the way football was before the huge injection of cash and the new found interest in the premier league. definitely worth a read!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Don't let the fact that this book follows the 1971/2 Tottenham Hotspur club put you off from reading it (even if you're a Gooner). The Glory Game was the first in-depth look at what goes on at a football club, both on the pitch and behind the scenes. The fact that it's Spurs is inconsequential - it could have been any First Division club. Davies' account is easy-to-read, the chapters seem to fly by, and I found myself excited to know what happen next in Spurs' season, even though it took place 30 years ago! This is the standard that other season diaries of clubs should be measured against - sadly, most fall well short.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read for all soccer fans 21 April 1999
By A Customer
As a fly-on-the-wall documentary of a top flight team in the early seventies this book won deserved praise at the time of its publication. If anything, given the advent of commercialism at all levels of top standard sport in the UK, the book makes even more fascinating reading these days as it offers a glimpse into a world now gone, where a player's worth was not a purely monetary value but was determined by his peers, where a manager's vision was allowed time to bear fruit, and where players were discouraged from portraying themselves as anything but what they were - salaried employees in a fickle business. Davies' style of journalism, in which the players are allowed to speak for themselves, makes this book an insight also into the opinions, fears and prejudices of professional footballers - a refreshingly honest alternative to the 'spin doctored' and ghost written accounts that normally pass as the opinion of today's breed. For those of you genuinely interested in the recent history of the professional game and those also who would like to peek beneath the veneer of today's football club/corporate business hype this book makes essential reading. Spurs fans amongst you who might stumble pronouncing Ginola but have no problem accepting the concept of a Welsh midfielder called England - regard this book if not as your bible, at least as one of the principal epistles of your faith! (Pay particular attention to the player profiles at the back of the book and the hopes for his future expressed therein by a certain young player called Joe Kinnear - now there was a guy going places!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful glimpse into a bygone age 20 Aug. 2010
This is well worth reading, whichever team you support. It is a remarkably balanced, well written and vivid depiction of one club over the course of one season (Spurs in 1971-2). Hunter Davies was successful in winning the confidence of people at the club, to present not quite a warts-and-all view, but certainly a very revealing picture of what professional football was then all about. It was so different to today's game, that any genuine fan, or anyone interested in social history, would find it fascinating. At times one senses that Davies has held back a little, and one imagines the hand of the club censors here and there, but this does not diminish the intimacy that the narrative creates. The book has the limitations of any 'official' biography. One complaint: it would be helpful if future editions included some statistics on the season - a list of the matches played, and who played in them, for example. Overall, however, for me, this book is up there with Pete Davies's 'All Played Out' and Duncan Hamilton's 'Provided You Don't Kiss Me' as one of the best football books I have read, and one of the best sports books also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this book gets better with age. 9 Jan. 2006
I'm not a Tottenham supporter but felt like one after reading this.
Fabulously crafted book that follows a complete season. This isn't a reproduced diary but a look at the working that make the Tottenham clock tick. Players, Wives, Coaches, Directors, Secretaries and Supporters all bring the season together.
Read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a good read. 13 Jan. 2013
By Adrian
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I read this when it first came out. it was groundbreaking then. Now it seems quaint and from another world. Everything has been magnified many times. These young successful sportsman were paupers in comparison to todays "heroes". The rewards so much more appropriate. The frustration of an old school manager was apparent then. What he would think now?. And a manager living by the ground?
What was so interesting was the freedom given to Davies.In todays world there is no chance of an author getting so close, taking real views from all levels. The frustrations, the moans and the tensions. Today a press officer would ensure it would be a 'Hello" type piece. It was unique then and I cannot think of another work similar. And it is good fun to read especially if you remember fondly those times - good and bad.
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Published 28 days ago by ken willis
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even my wife enjoyed it
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Published 10 months ago by steve vaughan
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Very good read, bought the paperback for my brother in law as I knew he would like it too
Published 10 months ago by Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars good insight
Good book , very informative
Published 11 months ago by Buster
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GLORY GAME
I have read the original copy many years ago, and it still retains the magic and closeness of being a spurs
fan. Essential reading.
Published 15 months ago by L. M. Piercey
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for all Tottenham Supporters
Great insight into the inner workings of a football club.A must read for any Tottenham supporters,but would appeal to many older football fans of all football clubs.
Published 17 months ago by Mick Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Sent as a christmas present to a Spurs household
have not read it yet as sent to son and grandson house as a christmas present,buy hope to read in the near future.
Published 18 months ago by michael evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice one, Hunter, nice one son
Hunter Davies' book is based on the free access he was given to players and staff at Tottenham Hotspur in the early 1970's. Read more
Published 19 months ago by daveevans
5.0 out of 5 stars The Glory Game
What a brilliant book this is by Hunter Davies. I remember at the time of publication it was a landmark book, and it has become a classic in its own right. Read more
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